Majority of nurses at Albany Medical Center have voted to unionize.
The decision comes after nurses called for a voice in staffing decisions, fair wages and improved benefit plans.
There were reports of threats from the hospital's administration directed at pro-union nurses during the voting process.
Albany Medical Center released a statement following the vote:
"We thank all of our nurses, regardless of how they voted, for their professionalism, for the passion they have for their work, and for the service they provide to our community and to our patients and their families. We pledge to continue delivering the highest quality of care in the region and maintaining an open dialogue with our nurses and all of our employees on how to best provide care in the ever-changing health care environment."
Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the allegations of threats.
"Last month, my administration launched an immediate investigation into disturbing allegations of threatening behavior against the nurses ahead of this vote. We will hold accountable anyone who illegally tried to prevent the nurses from unionizing," said Cuomo.